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Bunny Ears Lawyer: Western Animation
  • Several of the scientists Kim Possible helps out on her adventures. The prize has to go to Dr. Freeman from "Car Trouble," a charmingly childish and eccentrically unfettered scientist who created a house full of funny AIs just so he could have off-kilter conversations with them. In his first few minutes has a dance party with his toaster (an advanced AI, but still). Then Drakken breaks into his home. This does not immediately stop the dance party - in fact, in general he doesn't seem to mind being kidnapped at all. He eventually proves too kooky for Drakken to use mind-altering technology against, so he has to resort to trickery to get the guy to do want he wants.
    • Nearly all of the villains count, some more than others. Before he was fired for refusing to shave his mullet (or rather he quit for being told it had to go), Motor Ed was "widely regarded as the most brilliant mechanical engineer in the country." Motor Ed.
    • It may run in the family as his cousin is Drew Lipsky aka Drakken.
  • South Park: "Say what you will about Mel Gibson, but the son of a bitch knows story structure!" (To emphasize this after they make fun of Michael Bay with his Stuff Blowing Up, and M. Night Shyamalan with his The Untwist Plot Twist)
  • Spongebob Squarepants is known for being a Too Dumb to Live loud and hyperactive goofball, but his superhuman skills for making Krabby Patties keeps the entire Krusty Krab restaurant together, much to the chagrin of Squidward.
  • Mayor Adam West from Family Guy is a subversion. He doesn't keep his job because he's so good at it. He only keeps his job because of corruption and the stupidity of the city's populace. It is often made very explicit he is quirky AND terrible at his job.
    • Glenn Quagmire, who, despite being a raging hypersexual, is an excellent pilot (and quite serious when on the job). The only time he was ever fired from his job was due to Peter's antics. Later that episode, he gets his job back after helping land a plane via Telecom.
    • This trope is neatly summed in the cutaway with the Land-Ho Prankster.
  • Major Johnny "The Mayor" Bledsoe from The Oblongs, the mayor of Hill Valley and a masked professional wrestler who never breaks character.
  • SilverHawks, a sci-fi cartoon by the makers of ThunderCats, has Colonel Bluegrass. Despite his rank, he looks, talks, dresses and acts like a stereotypical cowboy from the Wild West, but he's also an ace pilot described as being able to master anything that flies. If that wasn't strange enough, he's also a skilled guitar player, and is so fanatic about it that his futuristic guitar is not only a weapon, but actually integrates with the piloting mechanism for the Miraj, the team's spaceship.
  • In Transformers, this is a type commonly found in the Decepticon ranks. From ace gunfighter/closet coward Slugslinger to preening victory obsessed egotist Drag Strip, many of the more stable Decepticons find themselves grudgingly accepting the obvious personality disorders around them because the people with them are among the most effective warriors.
    • In the case of Starscream, his quirk is that he wants to supplant Megatron. It is very much due to his superior skill that he is kept on as a Lieutenant, although later incarnations have Megatron far less patient with him.
    • The Autobots aren't devoid of quirky robots, either. For starters, we have Silverbolt, leader of the Aerialbots, who is afraid of heights... which is a bit of a problem when you and everyone in your combiner team turns into an airplane. Broadside, a triple changer who transforms into a jet and an aircraft carrier, is both acrophobic and prone to seasickness (according to All There in the Manual but never witnessed in any show or comic, mind you.) Also among the heroic forces are the egotistical Sky Lynx, neat freak Wide Load, and Siren, who has No Indoor Voice, among others. And this is just in G1.
    • If you're an engineer in a Transformers series, chances are you're one of these. Wheeljack of G1 was a straight-up Mad Scientist, Brainstorm of More Than Meets the Eye seems disconnected from reality a lot of the time, and Ironfist of Last Stand Of The Wreckers is mostly sane... unless you ask him about the Wreckers.
    • And then there's the Dinobots...
    • Rattrap from Beast Wars is often insubordinate, keeps complaining about his job and single-handedly gets on the nerves of every single one of the Maximals, IE his own side, especially Optimus Primal, IE his boss. Even though they're all stranded, the only reason he's not kicked out of the base to fend for himself alone in the wild against the Predacons is because his skills as a spy, infiltrator, sharpshooter and saboteur are absolutely unparallelled, to the point where when Optimus is gone, Rattrap's actually put in charge because he's just that good.
      • In fairness, the Maximals eventually learn to love Rattrap, who often makes fun of people as a sign of endearment. A much more straight example is Tarantulas, who is completely open to his boss Megatron that he hates him, is working against him, and hopes to destroy him. However, the vast majority of Megatron's other troops are idiots, while Tarantulas has scientific know-how that outclasses Megatron's own. Megatron needs Tarantulas and counts on the fact that when the time comes, he'll be able to outgambit him - he does.
      • Inferno is utterly insane, convinced Megatron is female, and really likes to set people on fire. Megatron mainly kept him around due to his loyalty and how good he was at, well, setting people on fire.
    • Transformers Animated isn't devoid of these either.
      • Many of the Decepticons are like this. The series is more 'cartoony' than most, but The Powers That Be had a rule: every Decepticon is a real threat. Blitzwing is hilarious and argues with himselves... and has fire powers, ice powers, and Macross Missile Massacre powers. Lugnut's fanaticism as he declares the awesomeness of the GREAT and GLORIOUS Lord Megatron with extra Large Ham-ness is hilarious... but his firepower makes the aforementioned Blitzwing look like nothing, and if sending out missiles literally by the dozens won't kill it, he's got a punch that can flatten a city block or two. Swindle's pretty much Honest John's Dealership... but he kept the best toys for himself. Starscream's more bombastic than ever, but he managed to bring down Ultra Magnus moments after getting thrashed by Megatron for the usual reasons.
      • Starscream's clones all have some aspect of his personality tuned up to the max, some, like Skywarp and Thundercracker are about as effective as they seem, and Ramjet is incredibly predictable. Slipstream takes down the beefier Bulkhead, and continues to display battle proficiency despite her snippy attitude. Sunstorm manages to free Ramjet during the fight, studies and then takes down Prowl, complimenting him all the way.
      • Optimus Prime's Five-Man Band in Animated is such a Dysfunction Junction it's a testament to Optimus' leadership that they manage to accomplish anything, let alone save Earth and Cybertron time and again. Ratchet, their Combat Medic, is a Shell-Shocked Veteran and Grumpy Old Man who is an ingenious field surgeon; Prowl, the robotic McNinja and lone wolf who is legitimately skilled and eventually masters the Mind over Matter aspects of his cyber-ninja training; BumbleeBee, the hyperactive and immature bot that had several Let's Get Dangerous moments in the series that frequently result in a Crowning Moment of Awesome; Bulkhead, the hick from the countryside that Does Not Know His Own Strength and is the most brilliant Space Bridge engineer in the universe and an accomplished artist to a lesser extent; Optimus himself is the least eccentric and that's probably why Ultra Magnus put him in charge in the first place.
  • How could anyone forget Georges Hautecourt from The Aristocats? Tarara-boum-di-ey!
  • Wildcat from TaleSpin. When actually in touch with reality, he demonstrated MacGyver-level feats of improvisational engineering.
  • Shore Leave of The Venture Bros. is a Camp Gay with a porn stache and a sailor's hat. He's also a former top agent of the OSI, a crack shot, and an overall ass kicker when he wants to be. BOOM, yummy!
  • Kyösti Pöysti, the main character of Pasila, is a criminal detective who sucks on a pacifier.
  • In Kung Fu Panda, Po starts out as a humorous bumbling glutton prone to extremely awkward moments. By the end of the first movie, and remaining so throughout the second, he becomes a Bad Ass kung fu master capable of plowing through hordes of mooks with ease and going toe-to-toe with other masters... and who is still a humorous bumbling glutton prone to extremely awkward moments.
    • This is further shown in the animated series, where Po is still disobedient, undisciplined, gluttonous, clumsy, accident prone, and the biggest fanboy on the block, but can learn highly advanced techniques after seeing them one time (Including one that blind anyone who sees it performed... which he not once, but repeatedly after learning it, forgets to close his eyes so he doesn't blind himself.) and can even master techniques from reading about them that Master Shifu is unable to perform.
  • The few times that Dale Gribble of King of the Hill has been shown doing his exterminator job, he's really good at it.
    • Despite Bill's many flaws, he's one hell of a barber.
  • In the early days of The Simpsons, Krusty The Clown was this. Everyone tolerated his Jerk Ass behaviour because he was considered a universally beloved entertainer on the level of Elvis Presley. In later seasons, he's become a has-been whose popularity keeps sinking, and who's constantly at the risk of being fired by his network.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
    • Rainbow Dash is rude, crass, tomboyish, eminently egocentric, and prefers to spend her time either napping or practicing flying stunts rather than doing her weather management job - but she's one of the greatest flyers in Equestria, can perform moves other pegasi only dream of, can clear the skies in ten seconds flat, and is ultimately dependable to the point of being the literal embodiment of the Element of Loyalty.
    • Pinkie Pie works at a bakery, and no doubt drives her employers (and any co-workers that she may have) batty with her unusual but insightful logic. Depending on the episode, she is either crafty and intelligent—often coming to conclusions none of the rest of the cast would have thought of (such as stashing eye patches and balls all over Ponyville on the off chance they're needed)—or a straight Cloudcuckoolander with minimal attachment to reality.
      • "Swarm of the Century" is a good example of this. Throughout the episode, Pinkie seems to be occupied with a meaningless scavenger hunt instead of helping her friends deal with the parasprite infestation. In the end, it turns out that she knew exactly how to deal with parasprites and was working on that plan all along (and assumed that her friends knew that), so from her point of view she was the one dealing with the problem while her friends kept playing silly games.
  • A lot of KND operatives on Codename: Kids Next Door.
  • Gadget from Rescue Rangers is a Mouse-Ears Mechanic. She's somewhat deficient when it comes to social interaction and is a certifiable Cloudcuckoolander Absent-Minded Professor. And she can build pretty much anything.
  • Mrs. Twombly from Littlest Pet Shop (2012). She seems to be very quirky for her age but is a Reasonable Authority Figure and is a successful owner of the Littlest Pet Shop store.
  • The titular character from Archer is self-centred, can't keep it in his pants, can't maintain a cover identity to save his life, all his colleagues hate him and he displays at times profound stupidity... but he's incredibly competent in certain areas of his job.
  • O'Farrell from Fillmore! is a Cloudcuckoolander of the first order, at one point delivering a curiously philosophical ramble on the Zen nature of being unable to see your own butt, but he's pretty damn good at crime scene photography. To a lesser degree, there's also the Cowboy Cop protagonist, whose skill at catching the villains is probably the only reason he isn't going to be paying off destruction of school property for the next million years from the carnage-strewn chase scenes that happen usually two, maybe three times an episode.
  • Rick of Rick and Morty is a scientist (although not by profession) capable of building extraordinary inventions, but is also a drunk with no moral or ethical boundaries.
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